Jouko Moshnikoff (left) and his friend Teijo Feodoroff (right) set nets under the ice to catch predatory pike and burbot, in order to help Atlantic salmon, their traditional food, recover.

Changing with the Land

“To the unfamiliar eye, the lakes and forests of northern Finland look as pristine and unchanged as they have been for the last 9,000 years, after the glaciers retreated northward in this part of Europe.”

Gleb Raygorodetsky
The Skolt Sámi’s Path
to Climate Change Resilience

As the new winds of climate change blow across the Arctic, the Skolt Sámi reindeer herders and fishermen of northern Finland seek ways to adapt to new challenges. How well they manage to maintain a close relationship with the land and water, forest and tundra, as the climate changes, will determine whether their way of life can endure. For the Skolts, it means changing with the land by not lyon keeping healthy reindeer herds, but also finding ways to help Atlantic salmon, their cultural keystone species, spawn in the Näätämö River for years to come.